What will the College of Charleston baseball team do for an encore?
Two days after taking two out of three games from nationally ranked North Carolina, the Cougars (2-1) will take on Charleston Southern (3-0) Wednesday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. at Patriots Point.
College of Charleston posted comeback wins on Saturday and Monday against UNC, using seven unanswered runs to erase a 4-0 deficit in the sixth inning on Saturday, and using three double plays to hold a 3-1 lead in Monday's series-clinching win.
It marked the highest-ranked team that College of Charleston has ever beaten in a three-game series. The weekend saw an average of 914 fans at each game, setting a new attendance record for opening weekend.
"It was a great weekend against North Carolina, but now we've got to forget about it," said College of Charleston coach Monte Lee. "As a coaching staff you have to establish very early in the season that every game is important. It's part of your resume. You don't get games back. That's the mentality you have to approach every game with. It's a crosstown rivalry, so it's an important game."
College of Charleston is 43-15 all-time against Charleston Southern. The Cougars have won the last three in a row against the Buccaneers. CSU's last win came on April 13, 2011, at Patriots Point (4-3).
The Buccaneers are coming off a three-game sweep of Villanova over the weekend. The Bucs won games 2-0, 2-1 and 8-4 over Villanova.
College of Charleston pitcher Bailey Ober, who was named the Colonial Athletic Association pitcher of the week, will start against the Bucs. Ober had four strikeouts, no walks and only allowed two hits to pick up his first career win against the Tar Heels this past Saturday. He set down 13 consecutive batters before allowing two singles in the ninth inning.
The Bucs are expected to counter with Andrew Locklear, who allowed one hit and struck out two batters against Villanova.